By Jodi Rall, The Williamson Herald
It was all smiles, and lots of pink, as Williamson, Inc. Chamber members and Williamson Medical Center staff celebrated the opening of the Breast Health Center with a ribbon cutting and open house.
The Breast Health Center, located adjacent to the existing imaging center to allow for more convenient access, is equipped with the latest in 3-D mammography and Tomosynthesis technology.
Staff explained Thursday the team approach to how patients are treated.
Working hand-in-hand, Dr. Rebecca Baskin and her team can offer excellence in patient care focusing on reducing anxiety, and providing peace of mind for women.
Staff explained that if a technician sees a problem during a mammogram, one quick phone call and walk down the hallway is now all that is needed. Women no longer have to wait anxiously for results, and often biopsies can be completed within 24 to 48 hours.
As the primary breast surgeon and breast health specialist, Baskin brings great empathy for her patients as she too once waited for biopsy results. At the age of 36, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of her personal experience, she explained her passion for offering the highest patient care possible.
From Middle Tennessee, Baskin is a board certified surgeon and earned her medical degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tn., and did her residency in general surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
When Baskin spoke to the crowded room, it was with great emotion. She talked about her husband and family’s support.
“I’ve seen the patient side of it. My family has been beside me,” Baskin said.
Working along-side Baskin is Cary Ralph, Breast Health Navigator, RN, CN-BN. Ralph is the first responder of sorts when the imaging center sees a potential problem with a mammography. Her role is to provide comfort and as her title implies, navigate the "what next."
Also, Tracy Rogers, LPN, has been Baskin’s long time nurse and is a breast cancer survivor herself.
During the remarks period prior to the ribbon-cutting, Matt Largen, President and CEO of Williamson, Inc. the county’s business chamber remarked on the important work the center is doing and complimented Williamson Medical Center as one of the leading employers of the county.
“The Breast Health Center provides peace of mind for patients. Integrated health care with people at the heart of what they do,” Largen said.
Julie Miller, Chief Operating Officer WMC, explained, the focus and process.
“We really focus on the patient, the convenience, the mental and physical needs. The patient navigator is available to walk over and talk to a patient whose tests show something abnormal," Miller said.
"Then walk them over to the center. Often times if a biopsy is needed, the procedure will take place within 24-48 hours.”
Williamson Medical Group’s Breast Health Center has been named one of America’s Best Breast Centers for the past two years by the Women’s Choice Awards. It is also an NAPBC and Commission on Cancer accredited facility. The Breast Health Center can be reached by calling 615-595-4570.
The Breast Health Center is located at 4601 Carothers Parkway, Suite 150, Franklin, Tennessee.